Brechin City chairman Ken Ferguson admitted that avoiding relegation felt like a championship win.
Bottom of the table for most of the season, City appeared destined for the drop until a storming finish to the season saved them from falling into League Two.
Ferguson said: “To say the 2015/16 season was a difficult season for the club is an understatement.
“We started the season in a bit of turmoil having lost our management team and quite a few of our players.
“Our new manager, Darren Dods, was faced with pulling a squad together in a matter of days with a home friendly against Aberdeen already organised.
“We stuttered through the first half of the season and just when we started to get our act together we lost two influential players in Isaac Layne and Dene Shields both of whom were sorely missed.”
“The one thing that remained constant throughout the season was the excellent spirit the players maintained in the dressing room.
“The squad stuck together throughout the difficult times and when the backs were firmly against the wall the players were able to respond with eight wins from the last 10 games.
“Whilst we finished the season without actually winning anything, it certainly felt like we had having maintained our Division One status.
“I wish to thank our fans who stuck with us and had earned the right to fully savour the joyous scenes at Station Park on the last game of the season.”
Ferguson is now looking forward to a busy summer at Glebe Park as the club looks to build for a better start next season.
“For once, we don’t have play-offs to worry about,” he said.
“We have time to build a squad for the new season.
“The manager is busy talking to numerous players as the merry go round starts again.
“Finances will be tight but, as always, as a committee we will support the manager to the best of our abilities to assemble a squad that is capable of competing well in Division One.
“The close season is an important time for every club as we look to maintain the pitch and ground to the highest standard we can.
“It won’t be long until the players are back in training and we start all over again.
“Season tickets will be on sale after the AGM, we hope we can once again count on the support of our members, sponsors and fans and the community as a whole as we do our bit to keep Brechin’s profile out there.”